As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes, the travel company Croatia Luxury rent, which rents out about 450 accommodation units in private accommodation across the country, is satisfied with the Croatian winter tourism traffic during the Christmas and New Year period, which is contrary to general expectations due to the partial lockdown.
Compared to last season, they had a drop in the number of reservations of only 9.3 percent compared to last season.
“In preparation for the sale of festive period reservations during October, November and the first half of December, the announcements and sales results were positive. Primarily because private accommodation offered security to guests in the form of isolation and non-exposure to possible infection. Based on that, the number of arrangements sold by mid-December was even slightly better than last year’s realisation in the same time period. Due to the introduction of anti-epidemic measures aimed at preventing the spread of the pandemic before the festive period, sales were completely stopped and 8 percent of the arrangements sold until that point were cancelled,” revealed Josip Stulic, the company’s founder when discussing Croatian winter tourism traffic.
The largest number of realised reservations were to Croatian guests and to a large extent to Croats with addresses in other EU countries. Arrangements sold during the festive period mostly covered the area of Istria and Kvarner, while a smaller share was positioned in the central Adriatic with an emphasis on the Zadar area. The surprise came in the form of a significant increase in reservations of accommodation units in Gorski Kotar. The most popular destinations, as before, were Porec, Umag, Rovinj and Krk, and Pag, Delnice and Zadar, which recorded an increase of 7 percent compared to last year, mostly due to the increase in the number and level of quality of accommodation units in the area over the last couple of years.